Updated Sept 2019: I repainted the orange lines with red stripes.
I’ve been working on our son’s room and he is moving up into his pre-teen years, so it’s makeover time! I made my own spin on boy painted bedrooms that I had seen on Pinterest. I love how fun and really cool his bedroom is going to be.
Supplies for Creating a Stripe Stencil
- Painter’s Tape (I used both blue, low tack and Green Frog Tape)
- Paint and Brushes
- Cardboard hollow Letters
- A four foot Level
- Hanging Strips
- Measuring tape
To create these lines, I first taped them off as shown above. I started by taping the area that would be grey. I taped the grey rather than painting so there would be no bleed through but if you are using colors where that isn’t a problem, you can skip this step. For instance, if I was using a monochromatic or colors without a huge difference in tone, I would have skipped.
I made the inner grey lines the width of my painter’s tape by layering three layers of painter’s tape and then peeling the middle strip off (you can reuse this as you go around the room). I measured six inches down from the top of the bottom tape to create the larger orange stripe and taped off around the grey area on the bottom.
To make the vertical corners, I used a level to make a straight line perpendicular to the ceiling.
After the grey paint was dry (remember to pull the painter’s tape off while paint is still wet to prevent tearing), I retaped around the orange lines.
To create a perfectly crisp and straight paint edge, I used FrogTape. Although I started with plain blue painter’s tape, it required a lot more touch up. Frogtape gives a much cleaner edge than the low-tack painter’s tape will. Kinda wish I had found this stuff sooner in the project.
Look at that! Clean, nice lines.
Lastly, I painted some hollow cardboard letters the same orange. I used the hanging strips on the back to keep the letters on the wall. I put the tape on the edge so that if they needed removal, I could grab the tape with pliers.
I am extremely happy with how it turned out. When I painted the first outside orange lines, I did get skeptical that it would be too much orange but hubby insisted I finished and I am glad I did. Sometimes, you just gotta listen to the wisdom of your loved ones. (if he is reading this, he probably just fainted because yes, honey, you were right).
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